First, find a new GP. I hate my GP. I feel like she doesn't listen to me and she doesn't really do anything when I go see her. I only visit like twice a year when I really feel like I'm dying, and her best advice is usually "take a Benadryl." A few weeks ago when I picked up some kind of nastiness that just wouldn't go away, I went to the urgent care center. Why? Because I knew they would give me drugs--even if it was only for placebo effect. And they did, along with a steroid shot, which I think really did make me feel better.
So, find a new GP, then resolve outstanding issues.
1) My feet. Am I still grounded from running? I need to have a new bone density test to see if I am actively losing bone mass or if I have always had old lady bones. And is all that calcium and vitamin D I've been taking actually doing anything?
2) GERD. I have indigestion. All.the.time. I eat Tums like candy. My bed is elevated 6 inches above my feet (DH loves this!), but I still vomit in my sleep and then aspirate it if I eat too late. (Yeah, that's disgusting and I probably shouldn't have shared.) I had a scrip for Protonix which actually worked quite well. But the GP referenced above refused to refill my prescription because it affects bone density. She told me to take OTC Zantac, which DOES NOT WORK! So I started taking OTC Prilosec which is pretty much the same thing as Protonix, and clearly states on the box you are only supposed to take for two weeks. But I take it all the time, bones be damned. Clearly I need to get this situation under control. But I think the real answer is to drop 20 pounds.
3) Get in better shape. (Oh how cliche!) DH got me a bike since I'm banned for running. Now I just need to make it a priority to find the time and the motivation to use it. And I need to work in strength training--the real key to avoiding any more breaks in my old lady bones.
And, of course, I need to improve my diet. I actually did make some positive changes last year that stuck. (Unfortunately they did not affect my fatness.) I quit drinking sodas and started drinking water. I limited french fries to no more than once a week (we did eat a lot of fast food, but have substantially reduced). I started bringing apples and raw almonds to munch on at work, instead of the carby crap we keep in the kitchen. I mostly stopped grabbing fast food on my way home on late nights. I started keeping oatmeal (w/ extra fiber and protein) in my drawer at work and eating breakfast every day.
But there is plenty of room for improvement. When I cook, everything I make has cream or butter. I need to find healthier recipes. (But cream and butter make everything delicious!) We need to add more veggies to our diet. And I need to log what I eat, because that, I think, is the key to effective dieting and portion control.
Gee, that doesn't sound so hard.